• Catherine Wilcox reçoit le Prix de bâtisseur de la Ville décerné par le maire

    Le maire d’Ottawa et le conseiller du quartier Knoxdale-Merivale ont remis à Catherine Wilcox le Prix de bâtisseur de la Ville décerné par le maire lors de la réunion du Conseil d’aujourd’hui en reconnaissance de sa contribution à Ottawa au moyen de la musique et de la sensibilisation.

     

    En 2008, Catherine Wilcox lançait le Ottawa New Horizons Band. Initialement un programme de sensibilisation de l’Église unie Dominion-Chalmers, l’orchestre a accueilli des adultes ayant peu ou pas de talent musical et leur a offert l’occasion d’apprendre à jouer d’un instrument de musique. Après des débuts modestes, le programme qui comprenait 35 adultes a pris de l’ampleur. Maintenant après 10 ans d’existence, le Ottawa New Horizons Band s’est développé et compte plus de 200 membres et huit orchestres. La société sans but lucratif fonctionne maintenant avec un budget annuel de près de 100 000 $, grâce au dévouement et au leadership de Mme Wilcox.

     

    Chaque année, au moyen de concerts, Mme Wilcox et le Ottawa New Horizons Band recueillent de l’argent pour des organismes comme OrKidtsra et Chiens-guides canadiens pour aveugles. Mme Wilcox a pour responsabilité de découvrir et recruter des chefs d’orchestre et de leur offrir de l’encadrement, d’organiser des concerts, d’acheter des instruments, de trouver des salles de répétition et d’organiser des rencontres.

     

    Mme Wilcox se soucie profondément de tous les membres du groupe. Durant les 10 dernières années, plus de 700 adultes ont participé à l’un ou l’autre des orchestres. Lorsque l’un des membres est malade ou stressé, Mme Wilcox leur rend souvent visite, leur apporte un repas, de la compagnie et de l’écoute. Nombre de participants sont des aînés et remarquent que les répétitions et les prestations de l’orchestre leur procurent une activité plaisante tout en amoindrissant leur isolement et leur sentiment de solitude.

     

    Le Prix de bâtisseur de la Ville décerné par le maire est une distinction civile qui vise à reconnaître un particulier, un groupe ou un organisme qui, par ses services bénévoles exceptionnels ou ses initiatives exemplaires, a fait preuve d’un engagement profond envers notre ville afin d’en faire un meilleur endroit aujourd’hui et pour l’avenir. Le Prix peut récompenser l’ensemble des réalisations, un acte de bonté remarquable, des activités de bienfaisance inspirantes ou de développement d’une conscience communautaire ou encore toute autre réalisation exemplaire.

  • Catherine Wilcox receives Mayor’s City Builder Award

    The Mayor of Ottawa and the Councillor for Knoxdale-Merivale Ward presented the Mayor’s City Builder Award to Catherine Wilcox at City Council today in recognition of her contribution to Ottawa through music and outreach.

     

    In 2008, Catherine Wilcox started the Ottawa New Horizons Band. Initially an outreach program of Dominion-Chalmers United Church, the band welcomed adults with little or no musical ability and provided them with an opportunity to learn to play a musical instrument. Since those humble beginnings, which featured 35 adults, the program has grown. Now in its tenth year, the Ottawa New Horizons Band has grown to include more than 200 members and eight bands. The non-profit corporation now operates with an annual budget approaching $100,000, thanks to Mrs. Wilcox’s dedication and leadership.

     

    Each year, through band concerts, Mrs. Wilcox and the Ottawa New Horizons Band raise money for organizations such as OrKidtsra and Canadian Guide Dogs for the Blind. Mrs. Wilcox is responsible for identifying, recruiting and mentoring bandleaders, organizing concerts, purchasing instruments, securing rehearsal space and organizing get-togethers.

     

    Mrs. Wilcox cares deeply for all band members. In the past 10 years, more than 700 adults have participated in one of the bands. If someone is ill or stressed, Mrs. Wilcox often visits them and brings food, companionship and a good ear. Many participants are seniors and note that band rehearsals and performances provide them with a fun activity while reducing their isolation and sense of loneliness.

     

    The Mayor’s City Builder Award is a civic honour created to recognize an individual, group or organization that, through outstanding volunteerism or exemplary action, has demonstrated an extraordinary commitment to making our city a better place today and for the future. This may include lifelong service, outstanding acts of kindness, inspiring charitable work, community building or other exemplary achievements.

     

  • Ottawa Wolves RFC to Host 2020 Bingham Cup Rugby Tournament

    World’s largest amateur rugby tournament promotes inclusivity and equality.

    OTTAWA, October 4, 2018 – The Ottawa Wolves RFC has won the hosting rights for the 2020 Bingham Cup, the world’s largest amateur union rugby tournament.

    The Ottawa Wolves RFC are the first Canadian inclusive rugby club to host the Bingham Cup and follow other inclusive rugby clubs that have successfully held the biennial tournament, located in cities such as London, United Kingdom; New York, U.S.A; Dublin, Ireland; Sydney, Australia; and Amsterdam, the Netherlands.

    The Bingham Cup is an international gay rugby union tournament that promotes inclusivity, equality and competition. Seventy rugby teams from five continents are expected to participate in the 2020 Bingham Cup.

    “Having the oppurtinity to host the Bingham Cup in Ottawa is an honnour for our City,” said Mayor Jim Watson, who was on hand for the announcement. “This event will bring excitement, spirit of competition and economic benefits to Ottawa, and allow our residents to enjoy world-class rugby matches.”

    Administered by International Gay Rugby (IGR), the Bingham Cup is named in memory of Mark Kendall Bingham, a former University of California, Berkeley rugby star and cofounder of the Gotham Knights RFC, a gay-inclusive rugby club in New York City. Mark Kendall Bingham lost his life in the September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks onboard United Airlines Flight 93.

    “The international gay rugby community is excited that the Bingham Cup will be held in Canada for first time – a country with a growing rugby community and a proud reputation of openness towards the LGBT+ community,” said Ben Owen, IGR Chair.

    First held in 2002, the Bingham Cup is today the largest international amateur rugby union tournament in the world. The 2018 tournament hosted by the Amsterdam Lowlanders RFC had more than 2,300 registered participants from 63 countries. The 2020 tournament in Ottawa will include week-long cultural, educational and sporting events and is forecast to generate economic activity in excess of $8.5 million. The 2020 tournament will also be carbon-neutral, feature a wheelchair rugby exhibition game and celebrate Indigenous culture.

    “The Bingham Cup promotes the values of inclusivity and equality regardless of sexual orientation, and those are values that Canadians support wholeheartedly,” said The Honourable Catherine McKenna, federal Minister of Environment and Climate Change and Member of Parliament for the riding of Ottawa Centre.

    One of only three gay-inclusive rugby clubs in Canada, the Ottawa Wolves RFC was engaged in an extensive bidding process to win the rights to host the 2020 Bingham Cup in the nation’s capital. Other gay-inclusive rugby clubs in Canada include the Montreal Armada RFC and the Toronto Muddy York RFC.

    “This is a truly historic moment for both rugby and the inclusive sports movement in Canada,” said Jean-François Laberge, past Captain of the Ottawa Wolves RFC and President of the Bingham Cup Ottawa 2020 Bid Committee. “Hosting the Bingham Cup reinforces that Canada is an open, inclusive and welcoming country.”

    The Ottawa Wolves RFC was founded in 2008. The club competes in the regular Division 1 Eastern Ontario Rugby League and has competed in tournaments locally, nationally and internationally, including every Bingham Cup since 2010. The Ottawa Wolves RFC is part of IGR, a member of the Federation of Gay Games and recognized by World Rugby as their lead LGBT organization.

    “Bringing the Bingham Cup to Canada is a major boost for the sport of rugby in this country,” said Tim Powers, Chairman of Rugby Canada. “Rugby is truly an international game with the values of inclusiveness and respect at its core. It’s a sport that transcends issues of sexuality and gender and celebrates diversity.”

    Other dignitaries who attended the announcement of the 2020 Bingham Cup coming to Ottawa included Jacques Frémont, President of the University of Ottawa; Darrel Cox, Manager, Sport and Culture, Tourism Ottawa; Ian Faris, President and Chief Executive Officer, Ottawa Board of Trade; and representatives from numerous Ontario and Quebec rugby clubs.

    Media Inquiries:
    Jean-François Laberge
    President
    Ottawa Wolves RFC’s Bingham Cup Ottawa 2020 Bid Committee
    Phone:613-236-9442
    Email: jlaberge@lrmlawyers.com

     

  • Mark Wigmore receives Mayor’s City Builder Award

    September 26, 2018 – The Mayor of Ottawa and the Councillor for Capital Ward presented the Mayor’s City Builder Award to Mark Wigmore at City Council today in recognition of his contributions to Camp Misquah and the Ottawa Race Weekend.

     

    Mr. Wigmore has been incredibly active in fundraising for Camp Misquah, a summer camp for children, youth and adults with developmental disabilities. He joined the board of directors several years ago and has focussed his efforts on raising money for the camp.

     

    Mr. Wigmore has helped raise more than $200,000 over the years, which has led to the construction of an accessible bathroom and shower cabin and a brand new sports pad. He has also worked hard to secure grants to make the camp more accessible for its users.

     

    Mr. Wigmore also volunteers for the Ottawa Race Weekend. This past May, he was responsible for organizing the pace bunnies for all races, pacing the half marathon himself. Mr. Wigmore used the weekend as another opportunity to fundraise for Camp Misquah, personally raising more than $5,000.

     

    The Mayor’s City Builder Award is a civic honour created to recognize an individual, group or organization that, through outstanding volunteerism or exemplary action, has demonstrated an extraordinary commitment to making our city a better place today and for the future. This may include lifelong service, outstanding acts of kindness, inspiring charitable work, community building or other exemplary achievements.

     

    Individuals, groups or organizations may be nominated by members of City Council or the public.

     

    The award is presented at the beginning of each City Council meeting.

  • Mark Wigmore reçoit le Prix de bâtisseur de la Ville décerné par le maire

    Le 26 septembre 2018 – À la réunion du Conseil aujourd’hui, le maire d’Ottawa et le conseiller du quartier Capitale ont présenté à Mark Wigmore le Prix de bâtisseur de la Ville décerné par le maire en reconnaissance de sa contribution au Camp Misquah et à la Fin de semaine des courses d’Ottawa.

    Wigmore déploie des efforts incroyables afin d’amasser des fonds pour le Camp Misquah, un camp d’été accueillant des enfants, des jeunes et des adultes ayant une déficience intellectuelle. Il est devenu membre du conseil d’administration du camp il y a quelques années et concentre ses efforts sur la collecte de fonds pour le camp.

     

    Au fil des années, M. Wigmore a aidé à recueillir plus de 200 000 dollars, ce qui a permis l’installation d’une toilette et d’une douche accessibles et la construction d’une nouvelle aire sportive. Et il travaille très fort pour obtenir des subventions afin d’améliorer l’accessibilité du camp pour ses usagers.

    Wigmore fait également du bénévolat pour la Fin de semaine des courses d’Ottawa. En mai dernier, il a été responsable de l’organisation des lapins de cadence de toutes les cours, se chargeant lui-même de la cadence du demi-marathon. M. Wigmore a profité du weekend pour amasser des fonds pour le Camp Misquah, recueillant personnellement plus de 5 000 dollars.

     

    Le Prix de bâtisseur de la Ville décerné par le maire est une distinction civile qui vise à reconnaître un particulier, un groupe ou un organisme qui, par ses services bénévoles exceptionnels ou ses initiatives exemplaires, a fait preuve d’un engagement profond envers notre ville afin d’en faire un meilleur endroit aujourd’hui et pour l’avenir. Le Prix peut récompenser l’ensemble des réalisations, un acte de bonté remarquable, des activités de bienfaisance inspirantes ou de développement d’une conscience communautaire ou encore toute autre réalisation exemplaire.

     

    Des particuliers, des groupes et des organismes peuvent être mis en nomination par des membres du Conseil municipal ou par le public.

     

    Le Prix est remis au début de chaque réunion du Conseil municipal.

  • Russ Thomas reçoit le Prix de bâtisseur de la Ville décerné par le maire

    Ottawa – Le maire d’Ottawa et le conseiller du quartier de Cumberland ont remis le Prix de bâtisseur de la Ville décerné par le maire à Russ Thomas lors de la réunion du Conseil aujourd’hui afin de souligner ses contributions à sa communauté de Cumberland.

    Thomas a généreusement donné de son temps au Marché frais de Cumberland, à titre de membre du conseil d’administration au cours des trois dernières années. Pendant cette période, M. Thomas a aidé à constituer en personne morale le corps administratif du Marché et a été l’un de ses plus fervents intervenants. Il ne refuse aucune tâche, la plus petite soit-elle, de cuisinier à conducteur d’équipement lourd ou responsable de l’accueil, pourvu que le succès du Marché soit assuré.

    Thomas a également été bénévole au Musée-village du patrimoine de Cumberland depuis plusieurs années, siégeant initialement à son conseil consultatif. Lorsque le conseil a été dissous, il a œuvré au sein du groupe consultatif du service du Musée, tout d’abord à titre de membre, puis en tant que président. Dans ces fonctions, M. Thomas a permis d’élaborer l’orientation stratégique du Musée. À l’instar de ses autres rôles de bénévole, M. Thomas est toujours volontaire pour apporter son aide à toute tâche. Parmi les projets sur lesquels il a travaillé, on compte la construction et l’installation du village hanté du Musée chaque automne, la conception de presses à fleurs et la plantation des jardins du Musée.

    Thomas a également été bénévole au sein de l’Association communautaire du village de Cumberland pendant plusieurs années, et a passé les cinq dernières années à titre de président et coprésident.

    Le Prix de bâtisseur de la Ville décerné par le maire est une distinction civile qui vise à reconnaître un particulier, un groupe ou un organisme qui, par ses services bénévoles exceptionnels ou ses initiatives exemplaires, a fait preuve d’un engagement profond envers notre ville afin d’en faire un meilleur endroit aujourd’hui et pour l’avenir. Le Prix peut récompenser l’ensemble des réalisations, un acte de bonté remarquable, des activités de bienfaisance inspirantes ou de développement d’une conscience communautaire ou encore toute autre réalisation exemplaire.

    Des particuliers, des groupes et des organismes peuvent être mis en nomination par des membres du Conseil municipal ou par le public.

    Le Prix est remis au début de chaque réunion du Conseil municipal.

    Pour de plus amples renseignements sur les programmes et services de la Ville, rendez-vous au ottawa.ca ou composez le 3-1-1 (ATS : 613-580-2401). Vous pouvez également nous suivre sur Facebook, Twitter et Instagram.

  • Russ Thomas receives Mayor’s City Builder Award

    Ottawa – The Mayor of Ottawa and the Councillor for Cumberland Ward presented the Mayor’s City Builder Award to Russ Thomas at City Council today in recognition of his contributions to his Cumberland community.

     

    Mr. Thomas has graciously volunteered his time at the Cumberland Farmers’ Market, serving as a board member over the past three years. During this time, Mr. Thomas has helped incorporate the Market’s governing body and has been one of its biggest supporters. There is no small job he is not willing to take on, from cook to heavy equipment operator to greeter, all to ensure the market’s success.

     

    Mr. Thomas has also been a volunteer at the Cumberland Heritage Village Museum for the past several years, initially serving on its advisory board. When the board was dissolved, he served on the Museum’s Departmental Consultative Group, first as a member and then as chair. In these roles, Mr. Thomas has helped develop the strategic direction for the museum.  Like his other volunteer roles, Mr. Thomas is always willing to help with any task. Amongst the projects he has worked on are the construction and installation of the  Haunted Village each fall, designed flower presses, and planted the museum’s gardens.

     

    Mr. Thomas has also volunteered for the Cumberland Community Association for several years, and has spent the last five as president or co-president.

     

    The Mayor’s City Builder Award is a civic honour created to recognize an individual, group or organization that, through outstanding volunteerism or exemplary action, has demonstrated an extraordinary commitment to making our city a better place today and for the future. This may include lifelong service, outstanding acts of kindness, inspiring charitable work, community building or other exemplary achievements.

     

    Individuals, groups or organizations may be nominated by members of City Council or the public.

     

    The award is presented at the beginning of each City Council meeting.

     

    For more information on City programs and services, visit ottawa.ca or call 3-1-1 (TTY: 613-580-2401). You can also connect with us through Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.

     

  • Chris Nihmey receives Mayor’s City Builder Award

    Ottawa  ̶  The Mayor of Ottawa and Ward Councillor Gloucester-South Nepean Ward presented the Mayor’s City Builder Award to Chris Nihmey at City Council today in recognition of his mental health advocacy.

    For two decades, Chris Nihmey has battled serious mental health disorders. Through therapy, medication and behaviour strategies, Mr. Nihmey has recovered from his illnesses and dedicated his life to mental health advocacy.

    Mr. Nihmey has authored five books, three of which deal specifically with mental illness. He speaks regularly, sharing his story with schools, parent groups, community organizations and businesses, to reduce the stigma of mental illness. In the last three years, he has spoken at more than 100 events.

    In 2017, Mr. Nihmey was chosen as one of five Faces of Mental Illness and Mental Health by the Canadian Alliance on Mental Illness and Mental Health and acts as an ambassador for mental health across Canada.

    The Mayor’s City Builder Award is a civic honour created to recognize an individual, group or organization that, through outstanding volunteerism or exemplary action, has demonstrated an extraordinary commitment to making our city a better place today and for the future. This may include lifelong service, outstanding acts of kindness, inspiring charitable work, community building or other exemplary achievements.

    Individuals, groups or organizations may be nominated by members of City Council or the public.

    The award is presented at the beginning of each City Council meeting.

  • Future site of new central library to be local and national destination

    Ottawa – At a ceremony held today, Mayor Jim Watson and The Honourable Catherine McKenna, Minister of Environment and Climate Change, on behalf of The Honourable Mélanie Joly, Minister of Canadian Heritage, with Councillor Tim Tierney, Chair of the Ottawa Public Library Board, dedicated the future home of a joint facility shared by the Ottawa Public Library and Library and Archives Canada. Dignitaries unveiled a sign designating the site at the corner of Albert Street and Commissioner Street.

    In 2017, City Council and the Ottawa Public Library Board approved partnering with Library and Archives Canada to build a new joint facility, which will serve as a national institution, a city-wide resource, and a community gathering space.

    Located at the eastern edge of LeBreton Flats, the new facility will be located near homes and businesses, as well as green spaces, including the Garden of the Provinces. In addition, light rail will figure prominently into access to this new facility, as Pimisi Station is less than 300 metres away.

    Pedestrian access will be improved with planned road and intersection modifications along the Albert and Slater corridor. These will facilitate movement and support integration with the Central Business District and residential neighbourhoods to the east and south.

    This unique partnership will provide the Ottawa Public Library and Library and Archives Canada with a unique, state-of-the-art facility that brings together the creative services of a public library and the public services of a national library and archives for a richer customer experience.

    Expected to open in 2024, this new facility will be a modern, iconic building and destination that will be designed by a renowned architectural team working with the City and the public on the look, feel and user experience of the building.

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    “The new central library will benefit residents of Ottawa and visitors for generations to come. It will be an important hub in our city and an anchor for the whole community. Our collaboration with Library and Archives Canada will create a civic and national institution where residents can gather, learn, be inspired, and connect with the world and each other.”
    Mayor Jim Watson, City of Ottawa 

    “Canada’s history and heritage are irreplaceable treasures that we must preserve with the utmost respect. This new joint facility will be a building of which all Canadians can be proud. It will be an invaluable resource for those seeking knowledge—or those just looking to curl up with a good book.”
    The Honourable Mélanie Joly, Minister of Canadian Heritage

    “This new facility in the heart of Ottawa is an excellent example of the partnership and co-operation between federal and municipal institutions that is a priority for our government. This collaboration will allow us to showcase artifacts highlighting Canada’s history and will make visiting the new central library a richer experience for local residents and visitors to the nation’s capital alike.”
    The Honourable Catherine McKenna, Minister of Environment and Climate Change and Member of Parliament (Ottawa Centre)

    “This new facility will be a community gathering space here in Ottawa, bringing people together to learn and exchange ideas. We’re excited to collaborate with Library and Archives Canada to provide innovative services and a rich customer experience in a modern space.”
    Councillor Tim Tierney, Chair, Ottawa Public Library Board

     

    Websites:
    Ottawa Central Library
    Library and Archives Canada
    Developing LeBreton Flats

  • Samia Hirani receives Mayor’s City Builder Award

    Mayor Jim Watson and Alta Vista Ward Councillor Jean Cloutier presented the Mayor’s City Builder Award to Samia Hirani at City Council today in recognition of her dedication to volunteering and fundraising.

    Shortly after joining the Aga Khan Foundation Canada (AKFC) as a volunteer guide, Samia Hirani expanded her volunteerism role to act as the local marketing lead for the AKFC’s World Partnership Walk starting in 2010. The Walk is Canada’s largest annual fundraising movement dedicated to fighting global poverty. Funds raised support development initiatives that allow women and men around the world to lift their communities out of poverty and build a brighter future.

    Ms. Hirani also helped establish a Corporate Engagement Team for the Walk, volunteering over 100 hours to organize the team and help it achieve its fundraising targets. At the same time, Ms. Hirani was always available to assist and encourage other team leads in organizing their Walk efforts.

    In this year’s Walk, Ms. Hirani raised funds by engaging her own workplace through their youth network and by creating the ‘Public Servants Shattering Poverty’ team, raising over $2,000. Samia Hirani also volunteered with the AKFC’s World Partnership Golf tournament and organized numerous fundraising efforts on behalf of the Walk throughout the year.

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